From a news item today:
WASHINGTON – Multiple congressional computers have been hacked by people working from inside China, lawmakers said Wednesday, suggesting the Chinese were seeking lists of dissidents.
Two congressmen, both longtime critics of Beijing’s record on human rights, said the compromised computers contained information about political dissidents from around the world. One of the [...]
I’ve been seeing more and more rendering glitches in Team Fortress 2 on my ATI X800 XT recently. The glitches always happen to characters or buildings only; the environment always renders correctly. Polygons will either stretch to infinity (sometimes as few as one, or every polygon in a character model), or they’ll “fan”, facing [...]
My installation of Norton Internet Security 2007 stopped working recently. The main dialog said that I had a “subscription problem”. This didn’t make a whole lot of sense, since I still have at least 6 months remaining on my Norton subscription.
As it turns out, I received an email from Symantec recently, advertising that the latest [...]
At work, I’m experimenting with a code profiling tool called DevPartner Performance Analysis Community Edition from Compuware.
The user manual — a 410 page PDF file, yuck — contains this nugget of wisdom on page 228:
When you have finished reviewing performace data you can save the session file.
1. Close the session file window in [...]
I play Battlefield 2 once or twice a week. I’m not particularly good, but it’s fun to play with a squad of friends.
The latest patch introduced the “Infantry Only” option. This loads a map without vehicles. This can be fun if everyone on the server squads up. However, it’s really only appropriate for smaller [...]
Yet another reason that Norton Internet Security sucks: When a user is logged in to Windows Vista with a “Standard user” account, the Program Control feature of Norton’s Personal Firewall will always block new or unfamiliar programs. It will also always block programs that have been updated (which, since they have changed, are treated as [...]
Sit and admire one of the more amusing/frustrating error messages I’ve received from MySpace:
MySpace is an example of what happens when you release a half-assed, hacked together demo to the world instead of a fully-designed and tested product (i.e. something you actually thought through beforehand). You have to keep fixing it, and yet it never [...]
In FireFox (and Internet Explorer 7 as well), you can open a link in a new tab by clicking on it with the scroll wheel. Similarly, you can close an open tab by scroll-wheel clicking it. (Push straight down on the scroll wheel rather than rolling it; it functions like a middle, or third, mouse [...]
I witnessed my first Windows Vista bluescreen today. The box was in the middle of being put into Sleep mode when it was awakened again, and blam: a bluescreen. (It could be said that we had a vista of a bluescreen…) Unfortunately, the bluescreen didn’t stay up long enough for me to actually read it [...]
I finally upgraded my work box to Firefox 2 today. I have to say that the Session Restore feature is pretty cool: all seven of my open tabs were reloaded (including my gmail session) without a hitch.
Of course, it would have been cooler if Firefox hadn’t crashed…